Conservation, Community & Environmental Measures
Conservation and Environment
The Moors on the Swinton Estate are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area, and conservation measures are in place to protect them (please see The Moors page) The Estate is also signed up to The Environmental Stewardship Scheme which safeguards wildlife habitat through adjusted livestock management. This modifies feeding and stocking rates as well as fertiliser input and weed control.
A programme of moorland drainage grip blocking has also been undertaken with the help of funding from Natural England. This has improved and slowed the run off of water from upland areas to help reduce upland erosion and downstream flash flooding.
Many farms are benefiting from Environmental Stewardship where it forms an essential part of the financial input needed to make upland farms viable.
There are many regular community events in Masham and surrounding area, such as the Masham Steam Rally, Masham Arts Festival, Masham Sheep Fair and The Burn Valley Run. These are all supported by the Estate. Please go to the Activities & Events section for details about these Masham events
The Cunliffe-Lister family work on various local charitable organisations such as The Masham Almshouses, Masham Town Hall, Masham Community Office, Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Swinton Grouse Charity Clay Shoot, Ocean Youth Trust North.
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Thank goodness the sun has now come out and we seem to have finally put winter behind us! The Parkland has burst into bloom with clouds of blossom and a colourful carpet of daffodils and bluebells around the trees.
The Walled Garden is also getting going, with bright tulips swaying in the breeze and home grown asparagus bursting forth. Asparagus is at its most delicious when eaten closest to home, so dishes featuring home-grown asparagus are now on all our menus, including the bar and lounge. The garden furniture is out and soon it will be time for afternoon teas on the lawn and evening drinks on the terrace at sunset. English summertime at it’s best.
Please click here if you are making plans for 2013 and want to see our Events and Activities Calendar to book a cookery course, themed lunch or family event. Our inspirational Themed Lunch and Dining Experiences page includes Wine Appreciation Lunches, with talks and tastings led by our new sommelier David Borwick, together with our Gardening Lunches, which include a talk and tour with garden designer Susan Cunliffe-Lister.